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Wedding Bands vs. DJ: Which Is Right For You?

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Photo: F8 Studio | Entertainment: Emerald City Band

Your wedding day is a celebration of the love and commitment of you and your future spouse usually spent with family and friends. Once you’ve exchanged vows, the party begins with food, drinks and music. However, when it comes to the entertainment, should you opt for an expert DJ or a professional wedding band? Both can be excellent choices, but there are pros and cons to both. Narrow down your choice for great entertainment for your guests with the following in mind.

Keep in mind:

Atmosphere – what type of music are you wanting to hear? what kind of delivery?

Budget – traditionally bands are more expensive, but DJs can be just as costly.

Space – how big is your venue? will it accommodate a full band?

Wedding Bands

Wedding bands provide you the dynamics of a live performance. It’s traditional and the band you choose can make a real difference in setting the tone for your reception. The party can come alive with a bandleader who’s able to vibe and interact with crowd choosing music accordingly.

  • Pros: As with all live music, you’re getting a one of a kind experience. This can enhance the vibe of the party and hype you and your guests excitement as you follow every beat and note. Essentially you’ll be experiencing a concert just for you. 
  • Cons: Booking a band can be costly, and musical selections will be limited by the repertoire and style of the band. Wedding Bands may charge either a flat fee or per musician, per hour but most will negotiate.
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Photo: Civic Photos | Entertainment: LG Entertainment

DJs

Nowadays, DJs are artists in their own right, with expertise offering diverse mixes of musical styles guests of all ages can enjoy. Plus, the songs played will sound exactly as you remember them, encouraging sing-alongs and improvisation. You can also count on a DJ to take up less space with their equipment than a full on band would, leaving more room for bodies on the dance floor.

  • Pros: No matter how many songs you must have played during the celebration, it likely won’t be a problem for your DJ to find each track. Generally, DJs are are more budget friendly to. A DJ with a charismatic stage presence and exceptional emcee skills can read the crowd and seamlessly keep the party going.
  • Cons: However, a DJ with a poor personality can really put a damper on the party. Also, if your DJ is not quick on their feet, improvisation can be tough. For instance, if your for first dance doesn’t go as plan or if an impromptu announcement is needed.

Made your choice? Whether a band or a DJ is what your looking for, take care of your entertainment needs with these top vendors.

13 Wedding Worthy 2018 Oscars Red Carpet Looks

Hollywood’s elite gathered last night for the 90th Academy Awards bringing glitz and glam to the red carpet. Among the many stunning designer looks were designs that could seamlessly go from the Oscars red carpet to the wedding aisle. Here are our 13 favorite looks from Hollywood’s grandest celebration to spark inspiration for your wedding day ensemble!

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Emerald City Band Will Rock Your World (AND Your Wedding)

Top Houston Wedding Band Emerald City Band | Photo: f8studio

This band, you guys…OMG. We’ve seen some pretty phenomenal wedding bands in our 30+ years in the “making memories’ biz. But 13-piece, crazy-talented, super-high-powered Emerald City Band is in a league of its own. Maybe that’s why they’ve been a Dallas favorite for decades, lending their incredible energy and musical skill to major corporate clients, Dallas pro sports teams including the Cowboys and Mavs (heck, y’all, they even played Mark Cuban’s own wedding!!). Oh–and speaking of weddings…they’ve played more than 4,000 of them, each as unique as the love story behind the nuptial celebration, and NOW they’re set to take the Houston wedding scene by storm. Top 40? Check. Dance hits? Check. Hip-hop jams, jazzy grooves, Latin-tinged beats? Oh, yeah. And the vocals? We. Can’t. Even. But don’t take our word for it…check ’em out live, in action, at link below. Then get on the horn (they’ve got three in their blazing horn section), and talk to them about available dates; they do book fast!!

Weddings in Houston Celebrates 30 Years

30 years of brides. 30 years of grooms. 30 years of “I said, ‘Yes!'” and “It was the best night of my life!” 30 years of first looks, first dances, first newlywed kisses. 30 years of fairytale gowns and joyful tears and dreams come true. The thing about being Houston’s longest published wedding magazine is that while weddings may be once-in-a-lifetime, we get to live and breathe weddings, and the joy they bring, day in and day out, year after year. And on Sept. 21, we celebrated that gift, and the incredible vendors and wedding experts who make it possible, with a magnificent gala at Corinthian – Houston.

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Here, we share a glimpse at the fun and fabulousness of our 30th Anniversary Gala and Client Appreciation Party. Like many Houston events, our gala was affected by Hurricane Harvey’s wrath. With a sudden city power outage affecting our original host venue, The Ballroom at Bayou Place, our team of professionals had 24 hours to move this 300-person formal event to the Corinthian-Houston. We were so impressed with the level of ingenuity and unflappable professionalism each partner exhibited. Without missing a beat, they provided gorgeous decor, delicious food, a full bar and incredible music, creating a night to remember.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to our partners, without whom we could not have celebrated in such extraordinary style: Boyd Bryan of Corinthian – Houston for hosting us at such short notice, Craig Howard and Kirksey Gregg of  The Ballroom at Bayou Place (which, in spite of a city power outage, is very much in business and continues to host amazing events) for providing our bar and waitstaff; Darryl & Co. and Bright Star Productions for the exquisite decor and lighting; Danny Ray And The Acoustic Production and LG Entertainment  for getting everyone on the dance floor;  GTX Productions for outstanding video and sound; Jackson and Company, Lola Catering, The Hometown Chef, A La Carte Catering and Bailey Connor Catering for providing an array of delicious food; Susie’s Cakes & Confections and Cakes by Gina for the delectable desserts; Wink by Erica for the macaron favors; and our fantastic gala photographer Civic Photos.

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Venue: Corinthian – Houston | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Darryl & Co. | Lighting: Bright Star Productions | Sound: GTX Productions

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Catering: Jackson and Company | LOLA Catering & Events | The Hometown Chef | Bailey Connor Catering | A La Carte Catering & Events

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Bar: The Ballroom at Bayou Place

Guests indulged in sweet treats and desserts by Houston bakers, including gold-dusted macaron favors by Wink by Erica.

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30th Anniversary Cake & Ambrosia Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections

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Chocolate Cake and Desserts: Cakes by Gina

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After indulging their discerning palates, Weddings in Houston partners and friends danced the night away to the sounds of LG Entertainment Production and the high-energy interactive performance of Danny Ray and the Acoustic Production.

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Guests were treated to a surprise onstage appearance by Weddings in Houston president Vik Day… our resident business man by day, rock star by night.

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As always, it was a wonderful experience getting to spend quality time with our friends, partners and associates. Thank you to all of our guests for making it a truly memorable evening. We appreciate you and could not be where we are without YOU!

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Weddings in Houston Thanks Our Event Partners:

Photos: Civic Photos | Venue: Corinthian – Houston | Bar: The Ballroom at Bayou Place | Catering: Jackson and Company | LOLA Catering & Events | The Hometown Chef | Bailey Connor Catering | A La Carte Catering & Events | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Darryl & Co. | Lighting: Bright Star Productions | DJ and Photo Booth: LG Entertainment Production | Live Music: Danny Ray and the Acoustic Production | Sound: GTX Productions |Favors: Wink by Erica

4 Tips for Easing First-Dance Performance Anxiety

photo: Cottonwood Weddings Photo: Cottonwood Road Photography | Venue: The Gallery

Remember when the newlywed “first dance” was just two crazy kids, swaying around on the dance floor to their fave sentimental tune? Yeah, neither do we. Probably because for at least the last 5 years or so, first dances have become major productions: the perfect song choice, the dramatic entrance, the fancy footwork, the…professional choreography?? If you’re feeling first-dance pressure, you’re in good company. And we’re here to help, with these tips for bringing the fun back to this much-loved wedding tradition.

  1. Include your soon-to-be spouse in the first-dance planning process. After all, he or she is the one you’ll be dancing with! Take a step back and try to remember if there were any songs you both liked while dating. Is there a song that has particular meaning to you? Is there an artist you both love? Is there a musical style you’re both more comfortable dancing to?
  2. To ease the pressure you may be feeling about dancing in the spotlight, consider taking a series of dance lessons together. These can be a great date-night activity, followed by dinner or a post-con cocktail and laugh sesh, looking back on his sweet attempts at salsa, or your dramatic “dip” recovery. Pre-wedding dance classes can also serve as a way to explore what music style fits both of you best.
  3. When selecting a wedding reception first-dance song, don’t forget about the “classics.” There’s a reason why you can never go wrong with a timeless standard for your first spin as spouses. Classic songs from the 40s and 50s are always in style, and any qualified Houston wedding band or wedding DJ will definitely be able to fulfill this request.
  4. Beware of pop music. Charting songs and Spotify hits typically are in for like…five minutes in the grand scheme of things…and then forgotten. You’ll want to pick a first-dance song you and your groom will love in the moment, be delighted to relive in your wedding photos and wedding video over and over again, and dance to, in intimate moments, for years to come.